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Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings -

†Mis­tle Thrush sized, with a large crest †Orange-red head and breast and black-and-white wings un­like any other species †Crest raised when ex­cited, in flight (on oc­ca­sion), and im­me­di­ately af­ter bird lands †Flight is er­ratic, bound­ing, and al­most but­ter­fly-like †Bill long, slightly down­curved †Spends a lot of time on ground, shuf­fling along af­ter prey Hoopoes have par­tic­u­larly strong head mus­cles, which al­low them to open their bill while they’re prob­ing into the earth – this adap­ta­tion is par­tic­u­larly valu­able given they live in fairly dry ar­eas

Bo­quer Hoopoe

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